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  • Last Night: Texas Tornados At Discovery Green

    Last Night: Texas Tornados At Discovery Green

    published Sep 24, 2010

    Texas Tornados Discovery Green September 23, 2010 Aftermath's favorite shows are the ones where we just have to write down the set list and not much else. The Texas Tornados are one of the bands that... More >>

  • Last Night: The Black Keys At The Woodlands

    published Sep 23, 2010

    The Black Keys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 20, 2010 "Howlin' at midnight, winter creepin' in/ Feel like I've gone and lost my best friend" - Lucinda Williams, "Howlin' At Midnight" Did... More >>

  • Last Night: Kings Of Leon At The Woodlands

    Last Night: Kings Of Leon At The Woodlands

    published Sep 23, 2010

    Kings of Leon Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 22, 2010 Sold. It took us long enough, or it took them long enough, but Aftermath has had our last cup of Kings of Leon haterade. We found the... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers: Hard At Work And Loving Hall & Oates

    published Sep 22, 2010

    UPDATE: 6 p.m.: The contest is over. Thanks for playing! Grand Funk Railroad may have got there first, but Drive-By Truckers are an American band. If not for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, for whom t... More >>

  • The Houston Sound Maps Our "No Zoning" Music Scene

    published Sep 22, 2010

    What is the Houston Sound? Until recently, it was a trick question. Although Houston has produced too many distinguished artists to name across a wide variety of genres from blues, country and jazz to... More >>

  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, ZZ Top

    published September 23, 2010

    This show has been making local classic-rock fans salivate all summer long, but aside from the umpteen songs that might be playing this very... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers

    published September 23, 2010

    As time goes by, it looks less and less likely that the Drive-By Truckers will ever make a truly bad album. The Georgia six-piece's previous... More >>

  • Texas Tornados

    published September 23, 2010

    Bands replacing their front men is hardly uncommon these days, but we can't think of too many that do so with their original singer's offspring.... More >>

  • Last Night: The Pixies At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Last Night: The Pixies At Verizon Wireless Theater

    published Sep 21, 2010

    The Pixies Verizon Wireless Theater September 20, 2010 For more images from Monday's show, see our slideshow here. The Pixies are Costanza. In one episode of Seinfeld, a woman who had recently made... More >>

  • This Week In Set Lists: Pixies, Kings Of Leon, Tom Petty, Rush, Etc.

    published Sep 20, 2010

    Rocks Off has been both eagerly anticipating and dreading this week for months now. Anticipating because several of our all-time favorite bands are playing within the span of a few days, as are a coup... More >>

  • Inside "American Pie," Pop Music's Longest Allegory

    published Sep 17, 2010

    Rocks Off has always been a fan of symbolism, hidden meanings and puzzles in general, so besides Raymond Chandler, Stephen King and Larry McMurtry, our favorite form of "lit-rah-chah" is allegorical s... More >>

  • Lightnin' Hopkins Marker Cast, Ready For Dedication

    published Sep 17, 2010

    Good news on the Lightnin' Hopkins historical marker front: It officially exists. R. Eric Davis, who raised the necessary funds and successfully petitioned the Texas Historical Commission to approve t... More >>

  • Open Up And Say Ahhh: An Oral Surgery Playlist

    published Sep 16, 2010

    If you're reading this around the time it's published, Rocks Off will once again be in the dentist's chair. This has been something of a recurring theme for us this summer, as we have been trying to r... More >>

  • Want To Lease Numbers?

    published Sep 14, 2010

    Amazing what you can find on Facebook these days. The Chronicle's real-estate blog is reporting some interesting information, namely that Numbers says it isn't closing, and the owner says he's not kic... More >>

  • ZZ Top Takes Manhattan, Loudly And "Perfectly"

    published Sep 14, 2010

    Rocks Off has had next Friday, when ZZ Top and Tom Petty play The Woodlands, circled in red on our Rhino Records wall calendar for months. God, is that next Friday already? We added a few more red rin... More >>

  • Dialtone Records Showcase

    published September 16, 2010

    Since 1998, Dialtone Records has been combing Texas's inner cities and country juke joints for the kind of blues most people thought died out long... More >>

  • Kings of Leon, The Black Keys

    published September 16, 2010

    Must Kings of Leon do everything backwards? First the Followill boys went and got mega-popular in the UK before brooding but hook-loaded 2008 LP... More >>

  • Bright Men of Learning

    published September 16, 2010

    Bright Men of Learning has had a special place in our heart since we caught a couple members and Tody Castillo doing a brief Tom Petty & the... More >>

  • A Long Night Of The Harmonicas At Minute Maid Park

    A Long Night Of The Harmonicas At Minute Maid Park

    published Sep 13, 2010

    For more photos from Friday's Harmonica Night, see our slideshow here. Rocks Off spent a lot of time last week wondering what Minute Maid Park was going to sound like this past Friday. In cooperati... More >>

  • Adam Lambert: Reviewing Our Review

    Adam Lambert: Reviewing Our Review

    published Sep 13, 2010

    Rocks Off would like to take this opportunity to address the hundreds of comments that Brandon Hernsberger's review of Adam Lambert's performance last Wednesday at the Hobby Center provoked. First of... More >>

  • Sideshow Tramps Want To Be Texas State Fair's Best Dad Band

    Sideshow Tramps Want To Be Texas State Fair's "Best Dad Band"

    published Sep 09, 2010

    Think of Houston barnburners the Sideshow Tramps and naturally the first thought that comes to mind is "wholesome family enterainment," right? The band themselves admitted as much in an email they sen... More >>

  • Groundhall Now Open, Not Changing Name Anymore (We Think)

    published Sep 08, 2010

    Over the last couple of months, it's been kind of fun - and kind of frustrating - to try to keep up with what's been going on over at the old Engine Room at 1515 Pease, up to and including what the da... More >>

  • Weird Party Seeking Donations, Leads In Family Member's Death

    Weird Party Seeking Donations, Leads In Family Member's Death

    published Sep 07, 2010

    This is about the worst thing you can report, let alone have happen to someone in your family, but Weird Party guitarist Bryan Agan's family is looking for donations and any information surrounding th... More >>

  • Mary Gauthier

    published September 9, 2010

    Artists talk a lot about how they've been waiting to make an album their whole life, but in the case of Mary Gauthier's The Foundling... More >>

  • Saturday Night: Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore At The Mucky Duck

    published Sep 06, 2010

    Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore McGonigel's Mucky Duck August 4, 2010 Even with a cover charge, spending an evening with Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who have known each other for so lo... More >>

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